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Women in Public Life: A talk by Margaret Hodge MBE MP

Chair of the Public Accounts Committee will speak at the City Law Alumnae Network event.
by Kayley Goff

Margaret HodgeThe Right Honourable Margaret Hodge MP is to give a talk on the topic of women in public life at City University London on 25th April 2013. She has been invited by The City Law School's Alumnae Network (CLAN) which aims to provide a forum for issues facing women in the modern profession.

Margaret Hodge has spent nearly 40 years in the public eye. She has been the Member of Parliament for Barking and Dagenham for more than 17 years and in June 2010, was elected Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. In this high-profile role she has won praise for her focus on reducing tax avoidance by large private sector companies including Amazon, Google and Starbucks.

Katherine Reece-Thomas, Reader in Law at City University London, says Margaret will be able to offer a unique perspective:
"We are privileged to have Margaret Hodge MP agree to address us on such an important topic. This is a watershed moment for City's Law Alumnae Network as we host our first public meeting. We are delighted to be able to welcome such a distinguished honorary graduate to mark the event".

Margret Hodge's political career began in 1973 when she was elected as a councillor for the London Borough of Islington. Less than ten years later, she had risen through the ranks to become Council Leader, a position which she held until 1992. A year later, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Civil Law by City University London. In 1994, she was elected the MP for Barking and Dagenham.

She has held a number of crucial parliamentary posts during her career, including becoming the first Minister for Children in 2003. She subsequently was selected as the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism and the Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. Her most recent appointment is Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

CLAN is the network for female graduates of The City Law School. The group meets twice-yearly and provides a unique opportunity for alumnae to meet like-minded solicitors, barristers and other law graduates from across the UK. The network also provides an encouraging environment in which to discuss issues facing women in the modern profession, share experiences and offer mutual support.

To register for this event please follow this link.

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